Good Morning Monday!

This will be a super short post this week. I spent all weekend running around like crazy with real life and kids’ sport, then finally got home last night and felt like crap so I went to bed. This week is craaaaazy busy. I have a to-do list as long as my arm of everything I need to do before I leave home on Thursday for 12 days.

I’m trying to get everything sorted for the two signings I’m doing in advance, plus everything my kids will need in my absence. Yikes! Sometimes it makes you wonder whether leaving is worth the hassle LOL.  But I am super excited about my signings and my travels with some friends who fly in from the US on Thursday!

I also have edits for Upside Down to get done – and my editor said she thinks it’s her favourite of all my books so far, so YAY!!!  I love Jordan and Hennessy so much and I can’t wait to share them with you!!

Next week I’ll share some photos and my experience from the Books By The Bridge Sydney event. I’m really excited – and really nervous! I’m sure it will be fine once I’m there.

Also, if you’ve been following me for a while you’ll already know that I can’t attend GRL in the US this year, and in all likelihood, not the next two years either. I do have other signings booked for 2020 but just not in the US. I’ll share more on that at a later date…

WIP update:  Currently at 25K. I had a shortened writing week because of real life but the story is coming along nicely. Monroe and Erik have quite a road in front of them and it’s a little weird to go from fun and humour (in Upside Down) to nosedive into angst and heartbreak in this new book. But I don’t really get much say, apparently. They tell me their story, I just type. LOL

Okay folks, have a good week! I’ll see you all next Monday – we fly from Sydney to Melbourne on Monday so not sure *when* on Monday I’ll get to post, but I will try.

Until then…

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Good Morning Monday! Upside Down Cover Reveal!

Good morning! This will be a suuuuuper short post this week. If you follow me on social media, you will have probably seen this already, but last week I promised to show the cover for Upside Down, so here it is! And you can have the blurb as well. LOL

It’s a cute and fun cover because the story is, though there is a message in this book I hope people recognise and accept. Asexuality is a group that is often left out of the LGBTQIA+ community, or simply discredited.  So, I’d like you to meet Jordan and Hennessy!!

BLURB

Jordan O’Neill isn’t a fan of labels, considering he has a few. Gay, geek, a librarian, socially awkward, a nervous rambler, an introvert, an outsider. The last thing he needs is one more. But when he realises adding the label asexual might explain a lot, it turns his world upside down.

Hennessy Lang moved to Surry Hills after splitting with his boyfriend. His being asexual had seen the end of a lot of his romances, but he’s determined to stay true to himself. Leaving his North Shore support group behind, he starts his own in Surry Hills, where he meets first-time-attendee Jordan.

A little bewildered and scared but completely adorable, Hennessy is struck by this guy who’s trying to find where he belongs. Maybe Hennessy can convince Jordan that his world hasn’t been turned upside down at all, but maybe it’s now—for the first time in his life—the right way up.


GRL2019

Most of you know already, but I can’t attend GRL this year. I did say last year I couldn’t attend for the next three years. I love GRL and I love travelling the world and getting to spend time with my people, but real life and kids take precedence. I will say though, if you have the chance or the opportunity to attend, you really should. It’s awesome!!

(For those who don’t know, Gay Romance Lit, is a huge get together of the community – authors, readers, reviewers, bloggers, cover artists, narrators – all together for 3-4 days of awesomeness. It’s in a different US location every year, and it’s SO much fun!)


Translation into Thai!

And OMG!!! Finders Keepers is being released in Thailand very soon, and this is the amazing cover!  Is it not the CUTEST thing you’ve ever seen???  And also, branching out to the Asian market is SO exciting for me!!  I will post buy links when I have them.


In WIP news, my current writing project is at 17K words. I’m getting to the angsty/gritty part of the story which is never easy for me to write, though, that being said, I’m hoping for a lot of words this week!

Okay, that’s it for this week. Told you it was a short one! Until next week!

Good Morning Monday! It’s finally February!

I don’t know about anyone else but for me, January was three years long. LOL  Like holy hell, did it draaaaaag!! But February is finally here and I feel like 2019 can finally start. I know that makes no sense but it’s weird how our brains work. LOL

And February is going to be crazy-busy! I leave in three weeks to have 10 days  travelling with some friends from the US and will be flying from home to Sydney, to Melbourne, to Brisbane, doing lots of sight-seeing, and two book signings! It’ll be fun, but busy as hell, and tiring. But I can’t wait!!  I’ll try and post some pics. They’ll mostly be on my Instagram page but I will post some here as well!

The signings I’m doing are:

Sydney – Books by the Bridge

and Brisbane – Bookmarked and Sexy

I’m excited to start doing more Australian signings!  I don’t know what to expect to be honest, but I’m certain it will be all kinds of fun!


My kids went back to school at the end of last week, and OMG the silence in my house on Friday was heavenly. It’s hard to explain, but as an introvert, I really do NEED silence and space and me-time. So while having the kids home is great, six weeks of it for school holidays grinds me down.

But life returns to normal this week! Thank GAWD! And along with that normality, is hectic schedules of school, sport, after-school work, extra study classes for my daughter (she’s going into Year 11 this year, so the workload cranks up a notch). But keeping busy is a good thing, right?

(disclaimer: I may need reminding of this in about July/August when I’m completely frazzled LOL)

Oh, and I’m also having a built-in bookcase added to my office!! I’m very excited about this! It should be installed two weeks from now and I will most definitely be doing some before/after photos but it’s going to look a little bit like this!

I’m sooooo excited!!!!  It’s costing me a not-so small fortune but it will make my office space so much more functional and prettier!  Stay tuned for pics!!


Oh, and next week I might show off my cover for my next release. Upside Down will be released sometime late March (depending a lot of factors) but I’m hoping it will be late March and will do my best to make it happen!  I don’t have the tweaked blurb yet and I probably should wait until I can post both together, but I get too excited and impatient for covers!


My WIP is at 7K words. Still only early days, but with my kids and school starting, last week was slow on the writing front. But this coming week should be productive! Except I have another dentist appointment tomorrow which is going to suck. But these things are unavoidable, I guess.

Oh!!! And my new website should be up and running this week or next!  I’m really excited to show it off!

Okay that’s all for this week!! Much love!

Good Morning Monday ~ Cronin’s Key IV Release Day!!!!

Yay for release days!!! They’re both exhilarating and horrifying, nerve-wracking and awesome all rolled into one! But there’s also a huge amount of relief that comes with every release day. Think of it as making a kite… you spend months building it, honing it, refining it, only to launch it into the air to see if it flies.

That’s what releasing a book is like. Especially the fourth book in a series that my poor readers have waited an eternity for. LOL See the thing is, Cronin’s Key ended at three books. Alec and Cronin stopped talking to me and all went quiet in the Cronin world… until Stas and Kennard finally came up for air LOL.

So, what you need to know about Cronin’s Key IV – Kennard’s Story…

  • It is not a standalone. If you haven’t read the first three books, book four won’t make a great deal of sense.
  • It will be in Kindle Unlimited for the first three months.
  • It is 36.6k words – approx half that of the other books.
  • Like all the Cronin books, it’s a crazy ride from start to finish. Actually, it’s probably crazier than the others. LOL
  • Kennard and Stas are just the cutest couple ever!

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Also, for your chance to win a $50US Amazon gift card, check out the Release Blitz happening with Xpresso Tours!


CRONIN’S KEY 99c SALE

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Cronin’s Key (book one) will be 99c for release week of Book IV so if you want to delve into Cronin’s world, now is your chance!


In other news, Upside Down is in the very capable hands of my editor. It ended up being 66K words and my beta-readers loved it! Which is always such a relief!

I love these characters and their story so much! It’s very close to my heart and I can’t wait to share it with the world!


In WIP news…  I have started my next book! OMG I know, right? No rest for the wicked. LOL  I’d spent the week doing research and adding bits and pieces of info to my doc with links and some plot points etc, only to have Word and Mac both decide to make me cry and wipe the doc clean…

Yes, I have back-up procedures in place. No, they didn’t work.  I did manage to salvage some of it which is better than nothing. But onwards and upwards, and I shall trudge on. LOL   I have a working title but I don’t want to jinx anything but I can say that it will be angsty and it’s a friends to lovers story. I’m getting Sam and Iz vibes from Switched with this one, and I’m thinking it will be around 60K but I usually do go over my original estimates 🙂


My kids go back to school at the end of this week!  Not gonna lie, the 6:30am starts are gonna suck but getting our routine back will be fab. And my blissfully quiet house for six hours every day will be heaven on freaking earth!

Until next week! ❤

Good Morning Sunday ~ Wait, What? Freebies and Other Things

Yes, I know… you’re getting this a day early, but there are things that are time-sensitive so I figured I’d live a little dangerously and send this out Sunday instead of Monday. LOL

First things first…  FREE BOOKS.  Yes, free books. There’s a whole stack, and you can download them, easy peasy.   Awesome books from amazing authors of LGBTQIA+ romance!!

Act quickly though because this fab deal is only good for two days, January 19 and 20!

All you need to do is to click on this link to ProlificWorks (it used to be called Instafreebie) and check out the amazing authors and their books they’re giving away

Lucky – Garrett Leigh
Flashbulb – Clare London
Summer Heat ARC – Jay Northcote
Changing Lines – Rj Scott & V.L Locey
Cronin’s Key – N.r. Walker
Quentin Heart: Vampire Hunter – Amber Kell
Crooked Tree Ranch – Rj Scott
Play On: A Glasgow Lads Novella – Avery Cockburn
Farm Fresh – Naked Organics Book 1 – Posy Roberts
How to Howl at the Moon – Eli Easton
Knit Quick – Annabeth Albert
Colorado Hitch – Sara SJ York
The Altered – Annabelle Jacobs
Scorched Haven – Amy Lane
Goaltender’s Penalty – V.L. Locey

Yes, I’m GIVING AWAY copies of Cronin’s Key – just in time for Kennard’s Story to be released later this week! GRAB IT NOW IF YOU HAVEN’T READ IT ALREADY!!


Other news of timely importance

Private Charter will be leaving wide distribution and heading back into KU very soon. If you haven’t grabbed it, now is your chance!!

Amazon
Apple
B&N
Smashwords

Also…

Nova Praetorian will be leaving Kindle Unlimited in the next few days and will be available at all major retailers asap!!  If you’re a KU user, now is your last chance to grab it!!

Universal Amazon Link


Are you ready for some excited rainbow vomit?? LOL  Because I also have FOUR books up for voting for BOOK OF 2018 at Love Bytes – yes, four!!

You can check that poll out HERE if you’re so inclined to vote. You can choose as many as you like, but you can only vote once ❤


 NEW COVER REVEAL FOR SIXTY FIVE HOURS!!

I am so excited to share this…
I’ve shared this in my Facebook groups already, but now for you guys…
As you may know, I’ve had to remove all my paperbacks from Createspace and move them to IngramSpark (because Amazon is a mofo) but the cover I had done for Sixty Five Hours (in 2015) wouldn’t comply because Ingram is a lot harder to please lol.
Sooooo, I had to have the cover redone. This book has had its fair share of covers since 2011 (not all of them great) and I wanted to give Cameron and Luc the cover they deserve. And who else better to make a forever-cover than that amazing Reese Dante 
And it’s absolutely perfect!!
Things to know:
⭐️ There is NO new content (from the 2015 version)
⭐️ The ebook will stay FREE – new cover to be uploaded at all sites asap!
⭐️ Paperbacks will be available soon! And they are priced as low as I can possibly make them
⭐️ I have two signings coming up and if you’ve pre-ordered the Sixty Five Hours paperback, it will be the NEW cover – unless you t
ell me you want the old one.
⭐️ I’m so in love with this, you have no idea omg. I will post the wrap cover in the comments because it’s SO freaking awesome!

The new covers should start appearing in the next few days!


CRONIN’S KEY IV – KENNARD’S STORY

Kennard’s Story is out this week!! OMG I’m so excited!!  It was so great to spend time with these guys again – I will post buy links asap!!  Also, ARCs will be going out today or tomorrow… whenever I can get them done!


Other news…

My WIP is now complete. Upside Down is now 66K words and I’ll be sending it out to beta readers this week! Eeeeek!!

What’s next is undecided… whether it’s the angsty addiction characters, or the angel/devil comedy, I can’t decide. They’re still competing for centre stage in my head.  It will more than likely be the angsty one…

My 2019 schedule (subject to change) now looks like this:

Jan 28th – Kennard’s Story

Late March – Upside Down

Late May – Angsty addiction story

Late June – Angel/devil story

Late August – beginning of a cop/cold case trilogy to be released up until Christmas or something like that, idk.

Okay, that’s it for this week. I’ll be back next week with the buy links for Kennard’s Story!!  Eeeeeek! So excited!!!

Until then….  ❤

 

Good Morning Monday ~ What a week it’s been!

It’s been crazy busy but a very productive week, and I get extra points for getting shit done with my kids at home all day every day (it’s still school holidays here). I usually need silence to write and the squawk of “muuuuuuuuuum” every time they want something is like a record scratch. LOL  But I’ve written 12K words and my WIP is almost done. I have maybe 8k to go – maybe less.

I also have a confirmed title!! Go me! LOL   *drum roll*  It’s called “Upside Down” and it’s fun and playful, there is much banter and awkward ramblings. The two main characters, Jordan and Hennessy, are perfect for each other but Jordan needs his world turned upside down first. Or does Hennessy turn it the right way up?  You’ll have to wait to find out!!  Release date should be late March!


My next characters are talking to me already which is usually the sign of a few things:

  • That my current story is wrapping up
  • That my current story is a stand alone book/no sequel
  • That my brain is a jumbled mess of voices and because I don’t plan or outline anything, I’m trying to keep imaginary conversations in my head in some kind of order

All I know is that my next story will be dark. A far leap from the fun of my current WIP.  I also have some whisperings from some characters that I was going to write years ago but they went quiet on me. I figured they decided not to have a story but I’m pretty sure they just weren’t ready. The story they’re now forming isn’t the quite same as it was years ago, so it just goes to show that it pays to listen to them. They know what they’re doing, and I’m just the poor typist LOL


I’m also having the cover of Sixty Five Hours redone. I can’t remember if I told you guys this before… The old cover can’t comply with the specs of IngramSpark (who produce my paperbacks) so it’s getting its forever-cover from the AMAZING Reese Dante and it’s going to be AWESOME!!  When it is uploaded, it will be a new cover and nothing else will change. There will be no new added content or changes to the story.


I’m getting everything ready for my two book signings in Feb-March. They’re back to back weekends, and I won’t be home in the week in between. I have to get it all sorted for both signings before leaving. Plus I’m having visitors from the US for this time so after the Sydney signing, we’re heading to Melbourne for three days of sightseeing and whatnot, then we’re flying to Brisbane. It’ll be crazy busy but I’m so excited!!!


And it’s just two weeks (and one day) until Kennard’s Story is out!!!  I can’t wait for you guys to read this!! It’s 35K words – so much shorter than the other three books in the series – but it’s action packed and some huge secrets about Kennard are revealed! 😀

It will be exclusive to Amazon first up.

Blurb:

Kennard and Stas have been enjoying being newly bonded mates, hidden away for the last six months in Stas’ cabin, deep in the forests of Northern Russia. When they get a visit from Alec, Cronin, Eiji, and Jodis, Kennard and Stas decide to return to London where they get news of a supernatural disturbance in India.

Excited for a new adventure, the band of friends embark on a journey like they’ve never seen before. Following a trail of snakes and serpents, they slip through gates into timeless dimensions all over the world, leaving them without their vampire powers. Even Alec is powerless as they follow a trail of gates and doorways to their final destination.

But the bad guy isn’t who they think it is, and Kennard will need to draw on his past to save their future. Because history is never what it seems…


Oh, and I have two books coming out of KU soon!  Nova Praetorian will be at all retailers after January 22nd, and Switched and The Weight of It All will be at all retailers after February 15th.

Okay, so that’s it for this week! I will see you all next week, hopefully with a finished first draft of Upside Down!  Until then…

Good Morning Monday! 2019 is most certainly here!

Good Morning Monday!!! At the beginning of every year, I make a new banner for my GMM posts and while this one is kind of cute, I’m not sure if it will be the one that stays all year but we’ll give it a go for the first post of 2019 🙂

And OMG I have some crazy news! Well, it’s more like gloating, but whatever. LOL  So this happened…

I was voted 2nd favourite author of 2018 on Gay Book Reviews! Second to the amazingly talented TJ Klune!  Can you believe that?? It’s CRAZY!!!!  I am beyond honoured and humbled, and I’m again reminded how awesome my readers are! Thank you to whomever nominated me, and thank you to all who voted!  ❤


I’ve been away for a few days with my kids which is always awesome but I’m really looking forward to getting back to my WIP!  Currently at 41K words, there is possibly 15K to go. I’m giving myself two weeks because I also have proofing edits on Kennard’s Story to get done in the meantime as well.

I’m LOVING my characters from my WIP so much, and being there while they fall in love is a freaking awesome thing to witness. It’s still untitled and I’m still unsure on cover ideas – which is NOT like me at all. I normally have those way before now… I’m just trying to not to think about that. 😉  Release will be approx late March, all things going well.


I have a new website design in the works!  I needed one that was more user-friendly, and it will be a few weeks away yet but it’s definitely happening and I’m super excited about it! I will share it asap!

Oh, before I forget… If you’ve pre-ordered paperbacks for the Sydney or Brisbane, the invoices need to be paid soon!! If you’ve ordered but missed/haven’t received your invoice, let me know and I’ll re-send it.

Okay, so it’s a super short post this week. I’m still trying to play catch up on laundry etc from being away, and trying to get organised for the coming weeks. I have a feeling 2019 is going to be super busy and I’m here for it!

Until next week! ❤

Good Morning Monday ~ Farewell 2018, Helloooooo 2019!!!

A bargain, a cover reveal, and a bit of a schedule – Oh my!

Okay first up, the bargain sale!!  Private Charter is now just 99c for a short time only!  That’s 65,000 words for just a buck! It’s hot, it’s steamy, and you’ll never look at a bottle of tequila the same again 😉

Available at all major retailers!!

Amazon
Apple
B&N
Smashwords


Now for the cover reveal!!

I know everyone has waited long enough for this book, so without further ado, here it is!!  Release date: January 28th. Cover by SJ York.

Blurb:

Kennard and Stas have been enjoying being newly bonded mates, hidden away for the last six months in Stas’ cabin, deep in the forests of Northern Russia. When they get a visit from Alec, Cronin, Eiji, and Jodis, Kennard and Stas decide to return to London where they get news of a supernatural disturbance in India.

Excited for a new adventure, the band of friends embark on a journey like they’ve never seen before. Following a trail of snakes and serpents, they slip through gates into timeless dimensions all over the world, leaving them without their vampire powers. Even Alec is powerless as they follow a trail of gates and doorways to their final destination.

But the bad guy isn’t who they think it is, and Kennard will need to draw on his past to save their future. Because history is never what it seems…

I can’t wait for you guys to read this. It’s 35,000 words of crazy, but it was SO much fun to spend some time with these crowd again. I hope it was all the wait!!


2018 was a very busy year! 

And 2019 shows no signs of slowing down… what I can tell you right now is I will be aiming to have a new release every 8 weeks, starting  with January 28th – Cronin’s Key IV ~Kennard’s Story.  The next will be late March – Current WIP (still untitled) contemporary romance, then the next would be late May, then late July etc.

I have 9 audios planned this year already. They include The Blind Faith series (March-April), Thomas Elkin series (Feb-April), Private Charter (June), Galaxies and Oceans (July), and Kennard’s Story.  **Please note dates are tentative and subject to change. I would LOVE to get Nova Praetorian into Audio but that one’s up in the air at the moment. It would be almost 19 hours long and that’s crazy expensive to produce as a self publisher.

I also have two book signings so far. Local ones, which will be a nice change 🙂  They are 23rd Feb in Sydney for Books By the Bridge

and 3rd March in Brisbane for BookMarked and Sexy

So yes, 2019 is going to be super busy but I am really excited! I think this year is going to be awesome!!  I will also have a new website soon, but I will keep you posted! (this blog and my Good Morning Monday posts won’t change)

Okay folks, I will see you in the new year!!!  Until then! ❤

 

Good Morning Monday, and a Merry Christmas Eve!

I know I say this every year, but damn, it just goes by so fast. I swear it just March or April last week LOL   But apparently it is Christmas Eve, and I have houseful of guests, a fridge full of food, and a dent in my credit card to prove it. Also, our Chinese food delivery guy was wearing a Santa suit, so I’m guessing it’s real 😉

I also spent yesterday afternoon/evening at the emergency dentist, which was not fun. One emergency root canal, an aching jaw, and a swollen face later… But I’m feeling better today, thankfully. I have to go back next week to get a more permanent fix, so no yays there, let me tell you. I mean who in their right mind looks forward going to the dentist knowing you’re in for needles and whatnot. Blah.

Anyway, onwards and upwards.


I’ve also given my next release a date!  Cronin’s Key IV – Kennard’s Story will be out January 28th!  All things going well, that is. If anything, it might get pushed back a week, but I am aiming for January 🙂

If you follow me on social media, you would have seen this…

I’ll be releasing the cover soon!! Made by the awesome SJ York, it’s a perfect addition to the Cronin series.


My WIP update:  I’m at 28K words. I’d hoped for more words this week but with kids off school, Christmas preparations, dentist appointments, and other real life crap, it just wasn’t meant to be.

Still no title, but these guys are adorable. I’m hoping to have some kissing this next week, maybe… unless Jordan’s awkwardness and babbling gets in the way LOL

But these boys are a joy to write and I can’t wait to share more about them!


And in some great news, A Soldier’s Wish was voted Book of the Week at LoveBytes Book Reviews!!!

You can check out the review HERE!


Lastly, I would like to wish everyone a Happy Holidays!! Thank you all for being with me throughout 2018, and I wish everyone a happy and healthy 2019.  My job as an author is a dream for me, and a responsibility I take seriously. Please know you’re the reason I write, and I couldn’t do this without you!

Good Morning Monday! Who Wants Christmas Freebies?

It’s the time of year to be Merry, and what better way to spread some holiday cheer than to give ebooks away! I love giving stuff away, it makes me happy. I’m not even kidding. And, it makes me even happier to give stuff away if I don’t have to leave my house! LOL  Giving people ebooks is a win/win for everyone!

There’s a bunch of awesome authors who have put up some Holiday stories on Prolific (it used to be Instafreebie) and you can grab them ALL if you wish! Click on the link below and take a peek!

LGBTQ HOLIDAY ROMANCE READS

My free story included in this is my 2014 Christmas freebie called Twelfth of Never (Blind Faith 3.5). So if you haven’t grabbed it, now is your chance!


You might remember last week I posted about the HUGE giveaway with 19 prizes? Well, it ended yesterday and all winners have been notified. I already have the first pile of parcels ready for my trip to the post office tomorrow 🙂

Thank you to everyone who entered and played along! ❤


My new WIP is at 21K words and coming along nicely!  I’m thinking it might be 50K all up and will be released late Feb/early March.  I have no title yet and I’m still working on final cover ideas. But these boys are so sweet together, and one character does that nervous rambling thing like Henry from The Weight Of It All does. He’s so funny! Their names are Jordan and Hennessy, it’s based in Sydney, and although there are some laughs and awkward hilarity, there is a message in this book as well.  It’s a very personal book for me and I’m super proud to be in a position where I can give these boys a voice.

Here’s some character art I made for them…


As we’re wrapping up 2018, I will try and have some kind of tentative schedule for 2019 releases and signings written up soon. And I’ll also have a cover reveal maybe next week as a little extra Christmas pressie for you all!

My kids are finishing school this week (well, my daughter has already finished, my son has two more days). It’s a six week summer break, so spare a thought for my sanity! LOL Maybe we should start taking bets to see how many days I hide in the library for…  😉

I will also have my inlaws arrive mid week to stay for a week over Christmas. Lawd, give me strength, wine, chocolate, whatever it takes!! haha

I’m aiming for another 10K word week on my WIP which might be a tall order considering kids and inlaws, but here’s to hoping!

Until then…